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Angelina Jolie - Queen of Hearts

Updated on June 19, 2012
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Angelina Jolie, a Hollywood icon, a loving humanitarian, a heart-breaker, a mother, an outstanding actress. Angelina has dominated our screens for the past 14 years.

A controversial woman, one who has caused tongues to wag in almost every country over the last few years. Be it for her amazing humanitarian work across the globe, her infamous love affair with Brad Pitt, her strange habits or her outstanding acting ability - Angelina is either a woman that you'll love, or a woman that you'll hate.

I'm not going to lie, I was one of the Jennifer Aniston supporters when news first broke out of the affair between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. I couldn't believe it. Here was Hollywood's golden couple, going into their 6th year of marriage and now it was being torn apart by this sultry, man-eater. I also couldn't understand what all the fascination was with this woman. Yes, she's pleasing on the eye - but the way that some men (and women) were carrying on a few years ago, you'd swear she was some kind of goddess sent down to earth who'd cast a spell on thousands of hot-blooded men, and a few women. I just didn't get it.

Angelina, the "Vixen"

Fast forward a few years, and I'll admit that I've done a full 180o turn - I've now joined the masses, for I too am one huge Angelina Jolie fan.

Why? Certainly not for the way she stole the limelight or squeezed her way in between Brad and Jennifer, but then again - who are we to judge this? Do we really know everything that happened behind closed doors in that marriage? The media creates drama when there is none, or they blow it way out of proportion when it can simply be sorted out privately. Of course, Brad and Angelina holding hands on the red carpet while he was still married to Jennifer didn't help to fuel the speculation. I'm not condoning what happened, all I'm saying is that we might not know everything that went on. There are many layers to a marriage, for all we know it was crumbling and that was the cherry on the top.

My opinion of Brad Pitt also went down during that time, I couldn't believe that he'd just thrown away his marriage to a beautiful woman, to some home-wrecker who many believed to be God's gift to men.. Looking back now, I've changed my opinion quite a bit. I believe Brad fell in love with a different type of woman than the one the media spend their lives trying to portray. Not some man-eating vixen, but a kind, caring and nurturing woman who just happens to be famous and good looking.

Angelina, the Angel

Today, I have the greatest respect for this woman. Say what you like about her, I don't know any other celebrity who has gone to the lengths that she has to help people in need, around the world for as long as she has.

  • Her humanitarian work. She's been involved in worldwide humanitarian projects from her time of filing Tomb Raider in Cambodia in 2001.
  • In 2001, she visited Sierra Leone and Tanzania for an 18-day field trip to witness the conditions in the refugee camps.
  • She covered all costs relating to her missions.
  • Since 2001, Angelina has been on field missions around the world and met with refugees and internally displaced people in more than 30 countries.
  • In 2012, she was promoted to the rank of Special Envoy of High Commissioner Antonio Gueterres of the UNHCR.
  • She uses her public profile to promote awareness and has become involved in promoting humanitarian causes on a political level.
  • In 2003, she founded the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, a dedicated community development and environmental conservation in Cambodia.
  • In 2007, she founded the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, which funds education programs for children affected by natural or man-made disasters.
  • She was awarded the Global Humanitarian Award by the UNA-USA in 2005.
  • She's also won Citizen of the World Award, the Freedom Award, and received a gold pin presented by Antonio Guterres, for the most long-serving staff member, in recognition for her decade as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.

Angelina's most famous movie - Tomb Raider
Angelina's most famous movie - Tomb Raider | Source

Angelina - Loving Family Woman

Few people would have put Angelina Jolie and "loving family woman" together in the same sentence a few years ago. I was one of those people who secretly hoped the relationship with Brad Pitt would fall apart, and I really didn't think they'd manage to keep their ever expanding family together. But she has, and they have. I have the greatest respect for the family life that she has created.

  • Angelina and Brad have been together for the past 7 years, and have recently announced their engagement (April 2012)
  • Angelina adopted her first child, Maddox Chivan from Cambodia in 2002
  • In 2005, she adopted her second child from Ethiopia - Zahara
  • Angelina's first biological child was born in May 2006, Shiloh Nouvel in Namibia
  • In 2007, she adopted 3 year old Pax from a village in Vietnam
  • Angelina gave birth to twins, Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Leon in France in 2008

Angelina and her partner of 7 years, and soon to be husband - Brad Pitt
Angelina and her partner of 7 years, and soon to be husband - Brad Pitt

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Did You Know?

  • Full name - Angelina Jolie Voight
  • Born on 4 June 1975
  • Nicknames - Angie, Ange, AJ
  • She has mixed ancestry which is Slovak, French-Canadian, Iroquois and English
  • Brought up in Los Angeles, California by her father - Academy Award-winning actor, Jon Voight
  • Her love of acting began when she was 11 and started studying at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute
  • She began a career in modeling soon after
  • She has appeared in music videos for Meat Loaf and Lenny Kravitz
  • She has 14 known tattoos that include a latin proverb and six sets of geographical coordinates indicating the origins of her children
  • In 2006 and 2008 she was named by Forbes as one of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses
  • People named her one of 2012's Most Beautiful at Every Age

Movie Roles

Movie
Role
Year
Hackers
Kate
1995
Gia
Gia
1998
Pushing Tin
Mary
1999
The Bone Collector
Amelia
1999
Girl, Interrupted
Lisa
1999
Gone in 60 Seconds
Sara
2000
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Lara
2001
Original Sin
Julia
2001
lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
Lara
2003
Beyond Borders
Sarah
2003
Taking Lives
Illeana
2004
Shark Tale
Lola
2004
Alexander
Olympias
2004
Mr & Mrs Smith
Jane
2005
A Mighty Heart
Mariane
2007
Beowulf
Grendel's Mother
2007
Kung Fu Panda
Master Tigress
2008
Wanted
Fox
2008
Changeling
Christine
2008
Salt
Evelyn
2010
The Tourist
Elise
2010
Kung Fu Panda 2
Master Tigress
2011
A few of Angelina Jolie's most famous movies

Angelina's Claim to Fame...

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      WhydThatHappen 4 years ago

      I used to deny her beauty because so many people would talk about her looks. I have been converted in that department. And I've been converted from thinking she's a good actress to a not so great actress. And I've been converted from thinking she's a giant publicity stunt to someone I can respect :)

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      Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Beautiful Hub. You rock just like Angelia! Sharing! :)

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Angelina is one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. She is also a very humane person. Tomb Raider was one of my favorite movies. She played a very good role.

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      denise mohan 4 years ago from California

      WOW! You really did your homework. Informative and intersting. Very nice hub, plz continue.

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      Joyce Haragsim 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Your an amazing writer. I loved what you've written about these to beautiful people. Anglina is a Vixon.

      Voted up beautiful and interesting, Joyce.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      She is stunning and beautiful, also a great humanitarian. And you did a thorough and informative hub. However, I have yet to do my 180 on her.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. She is an interesting person. I guess that's why she is a star

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      @WhydThatHappen - She is certainly not one dimensional, and is constantly changing the way people feel about her. I agree with you though, she's no Meryl Streep, but she plays her parts well. To be a good actress, a loving family woman and a humanitarian - you've got to have something special. Thanks for your comment :)

      @Angela - Lol - and you have part of her name! Thanks for sharing! :)

      @lovedoctor926 - I haven't seen Tomb Raider yet, I need to make a plan this weekend I think - movie marathon of all the Tomb Raider movies! Thanks for reading :)

      @denise - Thank you so much for your kind words! Appreciate it! :)

      @writer20 - I'm glad you enjoyed the hub! Thanks for your comment - it made my day :)

      @shiningirisheyes - It took me 10 years to do my 180 on her...so I hear you! I'm glad you enjoyed the info on Angelina :)

      @Mhatter99 - She is a very interesting person, boring is certainly not one word that will ever be used to describe her! Appreciate you reading and commenting, thanks! :)

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      Johnkadu123 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      God forgive me for all the wicked thoughts going through my head. I have to say that she gives good copy and her PR team is exceptional. Having said that, I do admire a lot of the humanitarian work that she has been doing over the years. I can't help but feel a bit jealous of the Brangelina Brand. They have it all.

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      Jade0215 4 years ago

      Good job! Looks like you've done your research!

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      Tonette Fornillos 4 years ago from The City of Generals

      I was among those who secretly wondered their relationship would ever last, but I've also secretly wished they'll walk down the aisle for the good of the expanding family. Thanks to you, I was awaken. I knew AJ have had this heart for the world, but not a heart SO BIG for love! I was never wrong admiring the woman in her. I salute you for a great work, Mel.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      She's a beauty, i love watching her movies.. Your hub really rock it!

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      @Johnkadu123 - Haha, the Brangelina Brand do seem to have it all, don't they? I guess that's what happens when you are genuinely a good person and don't just think the world revolves around you - but you actually give back. I didn't realize how gorgeous she was (inside and out) until researching for this article. Thanks so much for your comments! :)

      @Jade0215 - Thanks for stopping in to read and for your comment, I'm glad you enjoyed :)

      @Tonipet - Thank you! I honestly think this woman deserves all the exposure she is getting for her work in the world, it is so inspiring! And, I'm thrilled they have finally committed to walking down the aisle! Wedding of the year I think! Thanks for your feedback :)

      @unknown_spy - I have some catching up to do in the movie department, I've hardly seen any of them, but the ones that I have seen are brilliant. Thanks for your kind words :)

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Awesome hub on AJ. I admire her for the charity work she does and for adopting so many kids. She is a great actor too.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thanks Vellur! :) I used to think she was crazy for adopting so many children, but they've managed to make it work. I think she has a lot of love inside of her, and those children are very lucky to have her as a Mother!

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      Lightshare 4 years ago

      Melchi, it ws interesting and informatory!!

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Lightshare, I'm glad you enjoyed reading this article about Angelina, she is truly an inspiration!

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